Precious metals divided in their start to the new trading week on Monday with gold and silver falling and platinum and palladium rising.
Ending lower following three straight gains, gold for December shed $13.70, or 0.8%. to settle at $1,740.30 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"The metals are seeing selling pressure as the U.S. dollar index has rallied after trading solidly lower overnight. There are also worries about global demand for metals as unrest in China, the world’s second-largest economy, is likely to further squelch that country’s economic growth," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Inc, said in a daily research note.
Gold futures traded between $1,738.20 and $1,763.50. They dipped 0.02% last week.
Silver for March delivery — the new, most-active contract, dropped 48.4 cents, or 2.2%, to settle at $21.125 an ounce. Silver futures ranged from $21.04 to $21.82. They gained 2.1% last week.
In other precious metals prices on Monday:
January platinum added $11.50, or 1.2%, to $999.30 an ounce, trading between $978.70 and $1,013.70.
- Palladium for March delivery — the new, most-active contract — added $16, or 0.9%, to $1,846.80 an ounce, ranging from $1,825.50 to $1,885.
Last week, platinum edged 0.4% higher and palladium plunged 6.1%.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2022
Published United States Mint bullion sales were unchanged on Monday. Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion products with columns listing the number of coins sold during varying periods.
|US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||59,500||47,500||47,500||59,500||6,000||846,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||5,000||2,000||0||2,000||0||75,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||2,000||4,000||4,000||2,000||0||140,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||0||20,000||20,000||15,000||15,000||0||575,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||39,500||22,500||44,500||39,500||4,500||410,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||0||850,000||850,000||833,000||1,258,000||1,407,000||15,904,500|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||15,500||1,000||0||0||0||80,000|